South Africa Under-19s in England 2014 July 3, 2014

Sibonelo Makhanya to lead South Africa U-19s

ESPNcricinfo staff

KwaZulu-Natal batsman Sibonelo Makhanya has been named captain of South Africa's Under-19 team for the tour of England starting later this month. Makhanya is one of only two players retained from the U-19 squad that won the World Cup earlier this year.

"This is a dream come true," Makhanya said. "Every young boy dreams of representing the green and gold and to be asked to captain the squad too means so much more to me. I'm grateful for the opportunity to prove myself and excited to lead the team going to England."

The tour includes two 'Tests' and five one-dayers, and will be the first tour under new coach Lawrence Mahatlane. "This tour to England will be a good opportunity for us to measure ourselves against one of the top teams in the world and begin that long trek to defending the World Cup title," Mahatlane said.

Squad Sibonelo Makhanya (capt, KZN), Marques Ackerman (Gauteng), Aiden Brooker (Griquas), Matthew Christensen (Western Province), Keith Dudgeon (Gauteng), Brandon Glover (Gauteng), Stefan Klopper (Northerns), Janneman Malan (Northerns), Ndumiso Mvelase (Gauteng), Hanco Olivier (North West), Andile Phehlukwayo (KZN), Ryan Rickleton (Gauteng), Grant Roelofsen (Gauteng), Kabelo Sekhukhune (Easterns), Lwandiswa Zuma (KZN Inland)

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  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Perhaps those players won't learn anything from playing age-group cricket whilst there is an opportunity to bring new players to the fore with this squad. All looks very promising to me.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Firstly, if this is with a view to defending the WC, why take players who won't be eligible for it? Secondly, Rabada has already played - with some success - for the Highveld Lions. Christoffels, Fortuin and Valli have all represented senior FC sides since the World Cup and once the 2014/15 season rolls around, I'm sure Aiden Markram will be involved with Northerns, judging by his incredible form at club champs. People forget age group cricket is merely a STEP and most of those WC players have gone on to or are already proceeding to a greater stage. Frankly, I'm one for keeping as many players in the system as possible. Give these guys their shot at a career in professional cricket, make the domestic scene as competitive as possible and make for a stronger national side.

  • Rich on July 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    So the squad that won the world cup were obviously not very good.......? if only 2 players survived from a world conquering team our new coach must know a lot more than the last one.

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